Reply to post: Help me out here... Why can't they use google services?

Ow-wei, says Huawei as Chinese giant admits US sanctions smacked it right in the phone biz

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Help me out here... Why can't they use google services?

I've experienced many branded/unbranded chinese tablets/boxes and phones over the years. *ALL* have had google play store, and the rest of the google stuff.

I know the source isn't available, but it seems anyone can just distribute the binaries/apk's.

Is this a copyright thing? Are they only meant to use these things with google permission? I've currently got 7 android devices registered with the google gms system. Only 2 of those are "official" (one ironically is a Huawei) - none of them spoof their name or manufacturer, but google is happy to allow them.

Maybe it's because prior to my "authorised" boxes, I've spent about £1,000 via google play - money they wouldn't have received if these boxes were denied access.

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